BEST WESTERN Empire Palace
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... Palace). The word "Topkapi" means 'cannon doors' a reference to one of the gates on the old Byzantine walls along the Sea of Marmara. Originally know as the sultan 'new palace' it was gradually enlarged over the centuries. Each reigning sultan contributed his own flourishes. Unlike many European palaces which were built all at once this was constructed gradually and organically over time. The Gand Bazaar. During the Byzantine times this was the site of ...
... the way to the ceiling, but now it has just enough to create some cool reflections and allow some big coy fish to swim around in it.
I got some cool pictures in there and then headed up the street to the Grand Bazaar. The only thing I was looking to buy was a patch for my backpack (which I found), but it was cool to just walk around in there. I’m not one for shopping, but the sheer size of this place is ...
"Hey, nice family".....said all the lovely carpet sellers and restaraunteurs....come here and let me tell you some Turkish stories.....business is like soup...it's best when it's hot....don't think about it too long, this is precious...an heirloom for your beautiful children...look at them...they need to have this carpet....apple tea for you and your family....sit down, sit down....my house is ...
Wow! What a kind day for me!!! Finally the security of the ship to return to and thank God no more lugging that suitcase up and down stairs. I swear, Al has muscles he never had before and now I can climb stairs almost as good as normal people from all the practice.
The day started with some real food that I finally recognized. We decided that since we had one more day in Istanbul and kinda new our way around the tram system that we would take ...
... and grassy areas by the water. It was hot, and a little annoying, but the 6 hours passed soon enough. Then we boarded the ferry with our assigned seats. It had nice options for food and was comfortable enough, though it took more than the advertised two hours to cross the Sea of Marmara. Our hotel, called "Five Rooms" didn't have anyone at reception late at night, but Gulten from the hotel had emailed clear instructions about how to pick ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Empire Palace Istanbul
Decent hotel if you get it cheap...
My wife and I stayed over at the Empire Palace over Christmas 2005. We got a really good rate on Expedia for three nights that came out to about $63/night, taxes included. For that price, during a holiday season, it was a good deal. The hotel was comfortable enough, clean, and within walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, etc... The breakfast buffet was standard Turkish breakfast - simits and breads, boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, some tasteless sausages, jams and tea/coffee. Hotel staff was very pleasant. My only complaint was that the walls are kind of thin, so you can hear any noise being made in the hallways and stairs. The room was tiny, but quaint. I wouldn't mind staying there again.
The staff is excellent. They were very friendly and extremely helpful. I had a problem with my shower, and they moved me to another room. When I wanted to come back the next week to stay an extra night, the hotel owner met with me and accommodated my request.
We have just arrived back from the Empire Palace and we found it o.k apart from the noisy air-con (which didnt seem to be working too well ) the noise from other guests and the busy tram liine directly below. The photo's are pretty accurate and the hotel is very clean. Breakfast was nice with plenty of choice and nice coffee too. I would stay there again but would ask for a quiet room.
The Empire Palace Hotel is managed by the same management as for the Amber hotel in Istanbul.
I traveled to Istanbul late February and really enjoyed the city and my stay at the Empire Palace. The hotel is in a great location. I took the subway then the light tram from the airport and the hotel was about a minutes walk from Sirkeci station. I didn't really know what to expect since I got the room at such a steal but was pleasantly surprised by the decor and ambiance. The complimentary breafast was not extensive but good and is served on the rooftop - not much of a view but appreciate the effort. This is a boutique hotel so don't expect palatial guest rooms but the rooms are really very charming, clean, neat and traditionally decorated. I did have one slight disagreement with the attendant at the front desk over his on the spot currency conversion (I wanted to take a tour and had to pay in Euros and he gave me a ridiculous conversion of Euros to Lira!) The hotel is within a short walking distance of the most popular attractions in Sultanahmet so you don't even need to take the trams to see most of the sites.
Just returned on Sunday after 2 nights at Empire Palace. Experience as follows - we'd been travelling all evening from Bodrum and arrived at 10:30pm. First problem - Hotel was overbooked and we would have to transfer somewhere else. We'd booked and paid in full in January, how come it was overbooked in March? That problem disappeared after a few seconds discussion. We were shown to our room, the smallest in the hotel, from the fire exit diagram, and sneaky look thru open doors next morning! There was hardly enough room for our bags. Second Problem - We booked a 1 day tour for the next day 60 Euros, went to pay in YTL, there was a sign in reception that exchange rate was 1.50 YTL = 1Euro, not when you want to pay for any in-house services - it becomes 1.65 or worse??? Queried guy on front desk and it was commission. No amount of arguing would get a better rate. Beware - this happened for meals in the restaurant, but it was worse, when I checked out it turned out the rate was YTL1.75 = 1 Euro??? Because I hadn't noticed in the restaurant nothing could be done. Breakfast was OK, short supply of the basics at 8:30am, they had run out of some bread rolls, after asking 2 were found in the kitchen. In summary, hotel location good, view from restaurant was very good especially at night, easy to get to/from the historical sites, easy access from airport on Metro and Tram system, but watch out for the exchange rate rip off and Manhatten price of drinks!
We checked in at night and the man at the reception wanted our both Identity cards. We gave him both, but he didn't want to give them back immediately and said, that we would get them back the next day. So far so good. The room was OK, but the bath wasn't cleaned well. The next day, at 9.45 am we wanted to have breakfast (8-10.30). But no chance: the buffet was almost empty, we just got some warm Instant-Coffee and 2 pieces of tomatoes. No cheese, no sausage just a few 1h-cooked-eggs. The "nostalgic Restaurant" was just a cold room with a fantastic view on many satellite dishes... The waiter didn't fill up any plate. We stayed in that Hotel for 5 days and couldn't enjoy the city. Every taxi-driver tried to outsmart us with the price (1,55 € = 1 000 000 YTL) and so Istanbul was a big desaster. With all the trouble, we forgot to ask for our Identity cards. Now we are back and today I wanted to fly to Rome and standing at the counter to check in I remembered, that my Identity card is still in Istanbul. So I missed that flight... I hope we will get now our IDs back...
Definitely a dream! beautiful
Definitely a dream! beautiful
My girl friend and I stayed here this past weekend for two nights. Four words, Amazing Hotel and perfect location. The staff was extremely courteous. Check in literally took us 3 minutes. The hotel room was everything we imagined.. The first words to come out of our mouths were WOW!.. very modern and extremely comfortable.. The room was extremely clean and the the bathroom had great products. This is the hotel of choice going forward. Highly recommended
Stayed there two nights with two friends. The room, which we booked on hotels, had two twin beds, so we asked for a cot. The RUDE person at the reception desk said that would be 30 euro extra per night! Mind you, the room was teeny-tiny. He got snooty with us and he seemed to have a real beef with the rate we got with hotels. We prepaid, so it was none of our concern what his feelings were with our rate.
My wife and I stayed in the hotel whose location was very convenient where we could walk to most historical places located in the Sultan Ahment area. The taxi charges were very reasonable for transportation between the hotel and areas like Taksim Square. Te Hotel Staff was extremely helpful and kind, and they kept giving us advice on how to avoid hustlers, taxi overcharging prices, how to get to places using cheapter transportations such as trains, Mini Busses, etc. they even did not charge us for hot drinks like tea most of the time we stayed in the hotel. The rooms were great, clean and had nice furniture ( exactly like the ones posted in their web site). However, the hotel did not have much of a view except for the top floor where we had our breakfast.